Sanya travel guide

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You're Going to Love Sanya

Known among its fans as the "Hawaii of the East" thanks to its sub-tropical climate and palm trees, Sanya is the primary resort destination on China's Hainan island. With its glitzy resort complexes, it's fast becoming one of Asia's most popular beach destinations.

If you want to jet ski, snorkel, splash around, and perfect your tan, Sanya's Dàdōnghǎi Bay is tough to beat, but with fascinating craft villages showing off local Hainanese culture, Buddhist temples at Nanshan, fun for nature lovers at Monkey Island, and rainforest hiking in Yanoda, the region around Sanya has something for every visitor.

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When to Visit Sanya

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Sanya attracts beach lovers all year-round thanks to its tropical climate, although you might want to miss the rainy season (generally May to October) or Chinese New Year, when the resorts can become packed. October and November are a great time to visit, as are March and April, though anytime from October to April should ensure fine weather and reasonably thin crowds.

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Where to Stay in Sanya

Sanya is packed with modern beachfront hotels, and there are some highlights among them. Haitang Bay hosts the One&Only, the Sofitel Sanya Leeman, and the Sanya EDITION beach hotels, which tick most boxes for sun-seekers. The Ritz-Carlton is the premier place to stay in Yalong Bay, while Shangri-La's Sanya Resort and Spa focuses on creating a tranquil atmosphere, eons away from the stresses of home. But there are budget options too, such as the Sanya Backpackers Hostel, which is basic but near the beach. Sānyà Bay is a good choice of area to stay in with its multiple shopping malls, karaoke bars, and markets, while Yalong Bay is lined with upmarket resorts.

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Sanya is a fantastic shopping destination, particularly the city itself, which is crammed with malls and markets. The Mangrove Luxuries Center is a great place to head for contemporary apparel, Jiefang Road offers a more down-to-earth range of fashion stores and jewelry sellers, and the Summer Mall is Dàdōnghǎi's hub for multinational brands. And 1 Market ("First Market") is an unbeatable place to pick up locally made ornaments or jewelry made from crystal and pearl.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

Wanghao is easily the biggest supermarket operator in Sanya, and they should have all of the essentials travelers need during their stay. Prices aren't too high at CNY30 for a gallon or milk and around CNY25 for 12 eggs, while 1 Market is also a good place to hunt down fresh produce if you want to put together a healthy beach picnic.

Where to Eat in Sanya

Eating well in Sanya is easy, especially if you love seafood. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Fresh restaurant in Dàdōnghǎi serves up gorgeous grilled seafood by the beach, while you can enjoy upscale gourmet seafood in the aquarium at Aqua in Haitang Bay. But there are plenty of other cuisines on offer, from the pizzas at Casa Mia, Thai food at Baan Rim Nam in the Anantara Resort, and high-class Mediterranean dishes at the Ritz-Carlton's Sofia. Prices vary a lot depending on where you eat, but in general a satisfying meal can be had for CNY140-160.

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